I was really excited about the Scirocco, it’s a good looking car that I’ve had my eye on for a while. I got to drive the 2.0l diesel version to Ely then around Norfolk for a few days and it was one of the most comfortable cars I’ve ever driven.

Exterior styling

This is a good looking car. It’s had a little bit of an update compared to the previous model but the sleek lines and fierce looks are still there.

The Scirocco’s shape has been refined and modernised with new headlights and tail lights, as well as revised bumper styling. The front bumper features aerodynamic ‘blades’ (as on the latest-generation Golf GTI) with integrated indicator lights, daytime running lights and fog lights. On models with (optional) bi-xenon headlights, daytime running lights are LEDs within headlights

All Sciroccos now have LED tail lights, while bumper has been reshaped to appear lower and more purposeful. Again, as on a Golf, the Volkswagen logo badge now has an additional purpose: functioning tailgate release handle

Interior styling

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Inside its simple and comfortable with a bit of a sporty edge. Everything feels good quality and the centre console gives you a lot to look at without being too overwhelming. There’s a new instrument cluster on the dashboard, which features a chonometer, oil temperature and pressure gauge, a nice nod back to the 1974 Scirocco.

Practicality and comfort

This new 2.0-litre engine produces 150 PS (10 PS more than the equivalent engine in the previous generation) from 3,500 to 4,000 rpm, and 340 Nm (251 lbs ft) of torque from just 1,750 up to 3,000 rpm. Customers choosing this engine can opt for a six-speed manual or DSG gearbox. The 150 PS completes the 0 to 62 mph sprint in 8.6 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 134 mph. Performance is impressive but does not come at the expense of economy. Combined economy is 67.3 mpg with a carbon dioxide output of 109 g/km (119 DSG). If you’re a practical person who is looking for a handsome car, this could be the right one for you. It’s not the fastest or the sportiest of the Scirocco models but if it’s comfort you’re after, this is a great choice.

The 312-litre boot space (1006 litres with the seats down) means that there’s plenty of room in this car for luggage (hello, road trips!), shopping and golf clubs.

Driving

I’ve never stalled a car as much as I stalled this one. It put my driving skills into question but after driving so many cars, I’d like to think I’m not the driver I once was… but there was just something about this car that threw me. There were a few times just going round corners where I stalled the car, I soon learnt that I needed to be in a lower gear than I might normally be.

The drive itself is smooth and comfortable and the Scirocco has this strange ability to make all speeds seem much slower than they really are. A 60-mile-an-hour road suddenly feels like you’re doing 40. This is great on the windy roads of North Norfolk because it’s possible to take the corners at a decent speed and not feel it in the way the car handles or moves. The car feels like it really sticks to the road and the ride is nice and low too.

I had fun in this diesel version and I can only begin to think how great one of the turbo-charged petrol engines would be.

Overall

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Despite my obvious issue with driving the car at slow speeds, driving it at quicker speeds was so much fun. I could’ve spent a lot of time in that car and I wish I’d done some more exciting drives in it to make real use of its practicality and comfort.

On the road price, £25,025. Find out more about the Scirocco here.